ONS: 24 June 2013

by admin on June 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The al Qaeda linked militant group MUJAO offered to free an Algerian diplomat kidnapped last year in exchange for the release of three “mujahedeen.”
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian protests resumed in several cities across the country on a smaller scale than in previous days.
  • ASIA: New Pakistani PM Sharif called for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to face trial for treason.
  • EUROPE: German FM Westerwelle said the EU must remain engaged in dialogue with Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip following rocket fire into southern Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China said that it is “gravely concerned” about cyber attacks launched by US government agencies against China.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: US calls on Russia to expel Snowden.
    • The US NSC said it expected the Russian government to look at all options available to expel Snowden back to the US.
    • China sidestepped allegations it orchestrated the departure of Snowden from Hong Kong, while Hong Kong cited incomplete extradition paperwork.
    • Snowden is slated to board a flight from Moscow to Cuba and to seek asylum in Ecuador.
    • Ecuador’s FM said protection for Snowden was an issue of “freedom of expression” and the government was analyzing the request.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-3, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The al Qaeda linked militant group MUJAO offered to free an Algerian diplomat kidnapped last year in exchange for the release of three “mujahedeen.” (AFP)
  • Egypt: One Shiite was killed and eight were wounded in an attack by a hostile mob in Giza province. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The country’s money transfer businesses appealed to Barclays not to close its accounts, warning this would cut lifeline services. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Former President Mandela lapsed into critical condition. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Protests resumed in several cities across the country on a smaller scale than in previous days. (BBC)
  • Colombia: At least two people were killed and 12 injured in farmers’ protests against the eradication of coca plants and poppy. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: FARC guerrillas attacked a Petroleos del Norte pipeline outside Tibu. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US envoy Dobbins is to hold talks with President Karzai. (AFP)
  • China: Vice Premier Wang Yang said the country was launching a six-month nationwide campaign to combat smuggling. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: New PM Sharif called for former General Pervez Musharraf to face trial for treason. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Three government soldiers were wounded following an encounter with New People’s Army rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Members of Abu Sayyaf kidnapped two Muslim filmmakers in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Westerwelle said the EU must remain engaged in dialogue with Turkey. (DPA)
  • Bulgaria: Sixty prominent Bulgarian intellectuals, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists issued a special declaration against ‘plutocracy’ in the country amid ongoing street protests. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s centre-right bloc is set to formalize its platform of election promises, including a vow that Germany will not pool its debt with other eurozone members. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Putin reshuffled his top economic aides. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: King Abdullah II warned against the consequences of the prolonged crisis in Syria after meeting with visiting French President Hollande. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Twelve soldiers were killed in clashes with supporters of a radical Sunni cleric in southern Lebanon. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip following rocket fire into southern Israel. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is expected to meet members of the royal family to discuss the transfer of power. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China said that it is “gravely concerned” about cyber attacks launched by US government agencies against China. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03E (Three)
    • Location: 364 NM SW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cosme
    • Location: 435 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 07JUN: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths of 10JUN: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3, AFP, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus (SARS-MERS)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 23JUN: 70 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 23JUN: 39 (Saudi Arabia, France)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JUN)

  • Croatia: Independence Day – 1991.
  • India: Separatists groups call for a complete shutdown of Kashmir in protest of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit.
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of the start of the Korean War -1950.
  • Myanmar: Seventh regular session of Myanmar’s parliament’s two houses – Lower and Upper – will be convened.
  • Russia, Ukraine: Ukrainian-Russian naval exercise entitled “Farvater Mira” will continue in the northeastern part of the Black Sea.
  • Saudi: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Saudi Arabia to meet with top Saudi officials.
  • Slovenia: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Switzerland: The next round of international consultations on security and stability in the Caucasus focusing on Georgia’s Abkhazi – South Ossetian border will be held in Geneva (to 26JUN).
  • Syria: Preparatory meeting for Geneva conference on Syria will be held.
  • Thailand: General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong will pay an official visit to Thailand (to 27JUN).
  • Turkey: Initial findings of a government probe into foreign links with Gezi Protests to be discussed at a National Security Council meeting.
  • Ukraine, Turkey: Ukrainian-Turkish commission to the WTO will meet and address Turkey’s trade sanctions.
  • United Arab Emirates: U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference held in Dubai (to 26JUN).

 

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